In this Book

The Longest Night
summary
The American presidential election of 2000 was perhaps the most remarkable, and in many ways the most unsettling, that the country has yet experienced. The millennial election raised fundamental questions not only about American democracy, but also about the nation's constitution and about the legitimate role of American courts, state and federal, and in particular about the United States Supreme Court. The Longest Night presents a lively and informed reaction to the legal aftermath of the election by the most prominent experts on the subject. With a balance of opposing views—including those of some of the most distinguished foreign commentators writing on the subject today—the contributors present an unusual breadth of perspectives in addressing the judicial, institutional, and political questions involved in the disputed election. Their commentaries bring the confusion and frenzy of the event into clear focus and lay the groundwork for an essential public debate that is sure to continue well into the future.

The Longest Night contains a thorough chronology of the events in Florida, a detailed account of the institutional structure of American presidential elections, a series of analyses both criticizing and defending the decisions in Bush v. Gore, American perspectives on the Florida struggle and America's electoral system, and a debate on maintaining or reforming the electoral college. The authors include participants in the legal and political battles surrounding the Florida election, foreigners charged with monitoring and supervising elections, and scholars from many disciplines specializing in constitutionalism, democracy, and American election law.

Contributors

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
  2. pp. 1-1
  3. restricted access Download |
  1. Title Page, Copyright, Dedication
  2. pp. i-vi
  3. restricted access Download |
  1. Contents
  2. pp. vii-x
  3. restricted access Download |
  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. xi-xii
  3. restricted access Download |
  1. Introduction
  2. pp. 1-21
  3. restricted access Download |
  1. Cast and Chronology
  2. pp. 22-44
  3. restricted access Download |
  1. PART I. In the Heat of Battle
  2. pp. 45-46
  1. 1. Equal Protection for Votes
  2. pp. 47-49
  3. restricted access Download |
  1. 2. Law and Data: The Butterfly Ballot Episode
  2. pp. 50-66
  3. restricted access Download |
  1. PART II. The Machinery of Democracy in America
  2. pp. 67-68
  1. 3. Disputing Elections
  2. pp. 69-86
  3. restricted access Download |
  1. PART III. The Decisions
  2. pp. 87-88
  1. 4. A Badly Flawed Election
  2. pp. 89-99
  3. restricted access Download |
  1. 5. Exchange between Ronald Dworkin and Charles Fried
  2. pp. 100-110
  3. restricted access Download |
  1. 6. Bush v. Gore: Three Strikes for the Constitution, the Court, and Democracy, but There Is Always Next Season
  2. pp. 111-143
  3. restricted access Download |
  1. 7. The Unbearable Rightness of Bush v. Gore
  2. pp. 144-188
  3. restricted access Download |
  1. 8. The Ghostwriters
  2. pp. 189-211
  3. restricted access Download |
  1. 9. Notes for the Unpublished Supplemental Separate Opinions in Bush v. Gore
  2. pp. 212-224
  3. restricted access Download |
  1. PART IV. American Perspectives
  2. pp. 225-226
  1. 10. Anatomy of a Constitutional Coup
  2. pp. 227-235
  3. restricted access Download |
  1. 11. The Many Faces of Bush v. Gore
  2. pp. 236-249
  3. restricted access Download |
  1. 12. Springtime for Rousseau
  2. pp. 250-255
  3. restricted access Download |
  1. 13. Machiavelli in Robes? The Court in the Election
  2. pp. 256-276
  3. restricted access Download |
  1. PART V. Foreign Perspectives
  2. pp. 277-278
  1. 14. A Flawed yet Resilient System: A View from Jerusalem
  2. pp. 279-294
  3. restricted access Download |
  1. 15. Constitutional Council Review of Presidential Elections in France and a French Judicial Perspective on Bush v. Gore
  2. pp. 295-317
  3. restricted access Download |
  1. 16. Seven Reasons Why Bush v. Gore Would Have Been Unlikely in Germany
  2. pp. 318-321
  3. restricted access Download |
  1. 17. Bush v. Gore: A View from Italy
  2. pp. 322-331
  3. restricted access Download |
  1. 18. Democracy in America: A European Perspective on the Millennial Election
  2. pp. 332-344
  3. restricted access Download |
  1. PART VI. Reform?
  2. pp. 345-346
  1. 19. Weighing the Alternatives: Reform or Deform?
  2. pp. 347-360
  3. restricted access Download |
  1. 20. The Electoral College: A Fatally Flawed Institution
  2. pp. 361-370
  3. restricted access Download |
  1. 21. The Electoral College: A Modest Contribution
  2. pp. 371-390
  3. restricted access Download |
  1. 22. Popular Election of the President without a Constitutional Amendment
  2. pp. 391-396
  3. restricted access Download |
  1. List of Contributors
  2. pp. 397-400
  3. restricted access Download |
  1. Index
  2. pp. 401-417
  3. restricted access Download |
Back To Top

This website uses cookies to ensure you get the best experience on our website. Without cookies your experience may not be seamless.